Grand Entrance Mixed Media Canvas

I just love the new mixed media dies from Crafter’s Companion, and I used them, along with some other Die’sire dies, some paints and my Spectrum Noir alcohol and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to create this fun canvas.


I used some homemade texture paste and some Sheena Douglass stencils to add some texture to the canvas, then I airbrushed over the canvas using a variety of colors of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I added a little bit of dimensional paints in random spots for more texture. For the birds, branch, leaves and butterflies, I took some cardboard from a snack pack box and, using my Gemini diecutting machine, I diecut it with the Mixed Media dies. I then painted the diecuts with acrylic paints and added a coat of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

The birdhouse was stamped from the Twit Twoo stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. I added a few more leafy diecuts, and finished it with the gorgeous Create A Card Grand Entrance iron gate die cut. I added the Art Anthology Lava Stone Effects texture paint around the edges to transition it onto the canvas.

This was a really fun piece to create, and I can’t wait to get it framed!

If you want some tips on how to apply Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to  your diecuts, check out this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website:

Sparkle Up Your Diecuts

Project details:
Homemade texture paste
Gemini diecutting machine
Sheena Douglass Distress Grid stencil
Sheena Douglass Graphic Equalizer stencil
Art Anthology Dot Matrix stencil
Background Airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers
TB7, TB5, PL3, LG5, LY3, CG3
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Twit Twoo stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Blue Topaz, Moonstone, Moonlight, Smoked Quartz, Pink Champagne, Harvest Moon, Clear
Die’sire Mixed media dies:
Graceful Butterflies die set and Tweet Tweet die set (painted with acrylic paints)
Branch Out dies (airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers EB7, EB5, EB3, JG6, JG3, LG5
Regular dies:
Sheena Douglass Hedgerow Corner die set
Die’sire Create A Card Grand Entrance gate die
Die’sire Classiques Wildflower Trio die set
Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paints
Art Anthology Dimensional and texture paints

Layered Backgrounds with Spectrum Aqua markers


I’m sharing a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog for creating these unique backgrounds using stamps, Spectrum Aqua markers, and Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock. They might look somewhat complex, but they really are quite easy!


Project Details:

Spectrum Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Stamps used:
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink

Spectrum Noir September challenge – Get Krafty!

Wowzers, this has been a busy month, and Spectrum Noir’s September challenge is in full swing! The theme this month is “Use Kraft Card”. You can use it anywhere on your project, you can even color on it if you wish (that’s what I did!).


I’ve used my Spectrum Aqua markers to create this fun floral themed card. I inked up the stamps with the Aqua markers and stamped directly on the kraft card. Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pull some of the color into the design. The sentiment stamp from Crafter’s Companion fit perfectly with the floral theme.


Project Details:

Stamped and colored with Spectrum Aqua markers:
Bud Green, Boulder, Olive, Moss, Scarlet, Kingfisher
Flower, leaf sprig and box stamp from Stamps By Judith
Grass stamp from Stamps ‘N More
Sentiment from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral Phrases

Colorista Coloring Tutorial – Coloring on Glitter Paper

Hello crafty friends! I’ve put together a quick video tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir website showing how fun and easy it is to color on the glitter pads that are part of the new Spectrum Noir Colorista coloring pad collection.


Here, I’ve used the new Spectrum Noir Colorista markers to color one of the pre-glittered designs from the Colorista card packs. The pre-glittered paper is so fun to color on, and the results are a stunning shimmery sparkle!


Be sure to check out the Colorista Coloring Video Tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir website.

Project Details:

Colorista glitter pre-printed card paper
Colored with Spectrum Noir Colorista alcohol markers
Pinks – Rose Red, Hot Pink, Blossom
Greens – Forest Green, Leaf Green, Pear Green
Yellows – Gold, Canary, Lemon



Hopping with the UK – Spectrum Noir Colorista UK Launch is Coming!

Hello crafters!! Exciting times are here!! We had a fabulous launch of the Spectrum Noir Colorista line here in the US a few days ago, and on September 9th, Sara will be bringing the product line to the UK! The design team has put together another hopping good time for you leading up to the launch with a blog hop, fun giveaways, and, of course, lots of samples and inspiration to get you up to speed on what the product line is, and all the amazing things you can do with it! Plus, each blogger is giving away a fantastic Colorista prize to a randomly selected commentor, and additionally one random winner will be selected to win a grand prize on launch day, so be sure to leave us all a little bit of love!



For each participating blog, a winner will be chosen at random from commentors on the blog hop blog posts, and winners will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion and Spectrum Noir Facebook pages on September 9th, and one overall winner will be announced by Sara LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on launch day!
Blog Prizes:  Winners will receive a random selection of either pencils, pens, card making sets or paper pads for winners on each blog and the over all winner will get a selection of all 4. Prizes will be sent from either the US office or the UK office to the winners.
US residents can watch Hochanda online or on catch up at


Tune in to Hochanda at 8pm BST (3pm US EST) on Friday, September 9th, to catch the Colorista One Day Special!


Share the news with all your friends! You won’t want to miss Sara’s live presentations on Hochanda Friday September 9th! You can follow along with all the excitement leading up to the launch on their special Colorista Watch Party Facebook Event.

Don’t stop now, keeping scrolling for more fun!


Be sure to sign up for the FREE Colorista Coloring Course!

Video tutorials, free printable downloads to color, and a place to ask questions and get help if you need it. And I did mention that it’s FREE, right?!?


Click Here to Join The Watch Party Now!

Join us over on Facebook for a Watch Party, which is a fun event leading up to the launch were you can get your questions answered, see some inspiration from the design team, and have a chance to win some Colorista goodies!

Next up on the blog hop is Alexia!

Then be sure to hop along and see what the rest of the design team has to show you!

Laine Webb

Lis Murphy

Nicole Bretherick

                                  Jodi Clark <<— YOU ARE HERE

Alexia Misso

Giovana Smith

Spectrum Noir

Annie Wills

Jo Mckelvey

Bianca Shervington

Lori Barnett

Dana Warren

Sara Davies

Thanks for hopping along with us!!